The last time you performed a senior wellness check for your elder loved one, did you stop to check out what they've been eating? Many friends and family of seniors are more concerned with keeping their homes clean and safe than monitoring their refrigerators. However, seniors are at particular risk of falling into bad eating habits.
Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. Of these, 25% result in death. We can reduce fall risk greatly by making some simple changes to our daily activities. Slow down and take your time; nothing is too important that we need to rush.
While driving might be a part of everyday life for most of us in the Lowcountry, and something we don't consider as a particularly difficult task, for seniors it can be incredibly dangerous.
We've all heard it - most of us probably since we were young. The truth is, you just cannot imagine how difficult being a caregiver is, unless you have done it yourself.
On many occasions, we are contacted to provide care for persons who have recently fallen. Unfortunately, quite a few of those cases involve instances of repeated falls, sometimes with significant injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery.
Hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Hurricanes, or any natural disasters, have a devastating impact on cities, people and communities. But one segment of the population - the elderly - is particularly vulnerable when disaster strikes.
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Burnout can occur when home care providers don't get the help they need or if they try to do more than they are able to do.
When you are the caregiver for an older adult, caregiver stress and burnout - both physical and emotional - are very real and common side effects of the job. For this reason, it is imperative to recognize your limitations and know when it is time to take a break.
As you think about the best ways to care for your aging parent or loved one, one of the things you can do that will provide the most benefit in all areas of life is to encourage exercise.
Having fun with the residents at The Bloom making shamrock’s by painting with marshmallows
Having fun with the residents at The Bloom with a little St Patrick’s day “Toss the coin into the Luck Hat” game.
As we age, our sleep habits can be adversely impacted by a number of factors. Some of these can be positively affected by our choices and conscious modifications to our daily habits.